FEBRUARY 01, 2023
🇺🇬 Former Kasese CAO, Principal Human Resource Officer arrested over abuse of office
📌The Kasese District Principal Human Resource Officer, Mr. Samson Bihanikire and the former Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Amis Masereka Asuman have been arrested on charges of abuse of office and causing financial loss to the Government. The State House Anti- Corruption Unit together with police arrested them and the duo were arraigned before the Anti Corruption Court in Kololo, Kampala. The duo are accused of irregularly reinstating six teachers who resigned from the teaching service and joined politics for 10 years but were reinstated into service, deployed in different schools and have been earning salary/ causing Government financial loss of over Shillings 20 Million.
🇺🇬 Man stabbed to death during Arsenal and Manchester City fan fracas
📌 Police in Katwe have arrested two football fans for stabbing to death a man who attempted to stop their argument following the loss of Arsenal to Manchester City last week. The deceased, Allan Kakumba, 25, a resident of Makindye Sabagabo, Kampala. Luke Owoyesigire, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy spokesperson, said that the deceased attempted to intervene in the fight that had broken out between one Eddie Semakula and David Abigaba who had been arguing after the match between Arsenal and Manchester City on January 29.
“The two suspects who were arguing, one is an Arsenal fan and another one supports Manchester City,” Owoyesigire said.
Owoyesigire revealed that preliminary investigations indicate that Eddie Semakula stabbed Kakumba below the stomach and he fell down. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at Mulago Hospital. The two suspects are in Police custody at Katwe Police Station awaiting Court charges.
🇺🇬 Media expert urges Ugandans to harness power of mobile phones to make money online
📌 Experts have said it is appalling that Ugandans have ignored the power of using mobile phones to be able to make money online. Speaking during a workshop by players in the creative sector including artists, poets, writers, filmmakers, photographers and fashion designers among others, Aidah Agwang, a communications consultant and a content creator said many Ugandans have not taken phones as a great asset at their disposal to make money.
“Social Media is no longer something to be ignored but one to get serious about. It should not be only about gossip but Ugandans can make use of it to make some good money. We have very few people who have phones and are using it for making money,” she said.
Agwang cited an example of Masaka Kids who have over three million subscribers and in 2022 earned over shs5 billion from YouTube.
🇺🇬 Kabale University student named first Ugandan Microsoft Learn Ambassador
📌 Patrick Kaweesi, a second-year student of Bachelor of Information Technology at Kabale University has been named first Uganda’s Microsoft Learn ambassador. According to the Kabale University website, Kaweesi promised to use the opportunity to pass the knowledge he will acquire to the students in his faculty and beyond. The Microsoft Learn student ambassador runs in 102 countries across the world and aims at enabling students who want to use technology to solve real-world problems with like-minded peers. Microsoft Learn student ambassador is a program that helps students develop their technical skills and prepare for careers in the tech industry.
🇺🇬 Coca-Cola to support 10,000 young people in mentorship program
📌 The Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability Director of CCBU, Kirunda Magoola, on Tuesday said that 10,000 youths in 10 higher education institutions will be enrolled in a digital coaching and mentorship program called Boundless Minds in partnership with Coca-Cola Beverages Uganda (CCBU). The project under the theme “Letter to My 20-year-old Self” will organise 10 in-person career clinics at universities, mentor 100 students where 60% are female from different institutions who will be recruited as peer mentors to the broader group of 10,000 students.
🇺🇬 NAMISINDWA: Two sons accuse their mother of bewitching them not to sire children
📌There is tension in Bumilakhantsa village, Butsemayi parish, Bubutu Sub County in Namisindwa District, after a mother survived being murdered by her own biological sons. The two sons identified as Stephen Siwunwa, 46 and James Mayeku, 36 armed with pangas attacked their own mother Grace Musoyo at her house but she escaped by jumping through the window. Dadewo Walwuba, a resident, says the two accuse their mother of keeping wild cats that cry during the night and bewitching them from siring kids. The duo slashed down all her crops like cassava, bananas, and coffee. Fredrick Bango, the Namisindwa District Resident District Commissioner has confirmed the incident and that they are investigating the matter before arresting the suspects.
🇺🇬 NAMISINDWA: Son murders father for denying him land
📌Shock engulfed residents of Shokoi village, Bukimwanga parish, Bukhabusi Sub County in Namisindwa District when one Ivan Wambwa murdered his father for refusing to give him land. According to David Matenge, the LCIII chairperson of Bukhabusi Sub County, the deceased is identified as Michael Wambwa, aged 53. “Wambwa attacked his father at night with a panga in his house accusing him of not giving him land to sell”, said Matenge.
🇺🇬 TORORO: Tanga Odoi promises mattresses best performing pupils of Kisoko Primary School
📌 The National Resistance Movement (NRM) Chairman Electoral Commission, Dr Tanga odoi has promised to buy mattresses for pupils of Kisoko Primary School who performed well in the recent Primary Leaving Education (PLE) examinations. He made the remarks while attending the celebrations at the school for the good performance of the school which had 16 pupils in first grade.
🇺🇬 LAMWO: Government to meet pensioners with salary issues
📌 Today 1st February 2023, the Chief Administrative Officer James Badijo Okumu is set to meet pensioners and staff with salary issues and pensioners. Those who have issues will carry along their personal files, bank statements, payslips for verification purposes as the active staff are advised to write a formal complaint.
🇺🇬 KATAKWI: Wellwishers donate 54 modern electric beds worth Ugx 300 Million to Katakwi General Hospital
📌 The Medical Superintendent of Katakwi General Hospital, Dr. Odeng Simon Peter has received 54 modern electric beds donated by well wishers. The received items include 54 modern electric beds, 57 modern coated mattresses, 97 bed rids, operating and examination tables and equipment that will improve the patient’s bed ratio in the hospital.
“If you want to change the sitting position it can change, if you want to bring it up it can raise, if you want to raise only legs you can raise, you adjust according to how you want to attend to your patient” Dr Odeng said.
🇺🇬 OMORO: Lorry knocks motorcycle rider dead
📌 Residents of Lakwatomer village in Ibakara parish, Koro Sub County are still in shock after one of their residents, one Ajok Santa, 60, died on spot when a Fuso lorry of Pepsi Company knocked a motorcycle Bajaj Boxer registration Number UDN 432P he was riding. The accident took place at Ogayonyeke cell in Lagude ward, Omoro Town Council on Tuesday January 31, 2023.
🇺🇬 ADJUMANI: CAO warns heads of departments protecting staff absconding from duty
📌 The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Adjumani, Oryono Grandfield Omondo, on Monday January 30, 2023 warned that punitive action will be taken against heads of departments and units covering up civil servants in the district who abscond from duty. The CAO made the warning in a letter dated January 30 directing heads of departments, town clerks/ Sub County chiefs, headteachers and In-charges of health facilities to verify all Government employees on payroll and report back to the CAO’S office before Monday February 6, 2023.
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🌍 Rwanda marks Heroes Day
📌Rwandans, and friends of Rwanda today Wednesday, February 1, mark Heroes Day celebrations, a day on which the country pays tribute to its nationals who demonstrated the highest values of patriotism and sacrifice for the well-being of the country and its citizens. The day will feature activities including discussions under the theme “Our heroism, our dignity”, according to the Chancellery for Heroes, National Orders and Decorations of Honor (CHENO). According to CHENO, President Paul Kagame is presiding over the celebrations by laying a wreath at the National Heroes’ Mausoleum, after which several visits will be paid to families who lost their loved ones.
🌍 Rwanda’s Utility Regulatory Authority cuts fuel prices
📌Rwanda’s Utility Regulatory Authority (RURA) has announced the cut of fuel prices, revealed the RURA Executive Director, Patrick Emile Baganizi. According to the letter addressed to the public, “starting from 02 February 2023, the revised fuel prices are as follows; minimum retail gasoline price is set at 1,544 Frw/L and retail price for diesel is set at 1562 Frw/L”. He indicated that the fuel prices are cut downwards based on the adjustments of the international market of petroleum products.
🌍 Kenyatta calls urgent meeting as DRC situation worsens
📌Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya’s former president and facilitator of the East African Community-led peace process for DRC, on Tuesday, January 31, convened an urgent meeting with the bloc’s technical team to review the worsening situation in the country’s east.
“The meeting was necessitated by the deteriorating security situation in eastern DRC, particularly in Ituri and North Kivu provinces, where serious escalation of fighting and targeted killings is reported to be taking place,” Kenyatta’s office said in a statement.
🌍 KENYA: Stop empty talk and focus on service delivery, former president Uhuru challenges leaders
📌Former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has told the current administration to stop talking too much and focus on service delivery. In reference to his successor, President William Ruto, Kenyatta said that leaders who have nothing to deliver will always “talk a lot” and deliver nothing. Speaking at the condolence meeting of the family of Ex-Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha in Nairobi on Tuesday, the former President said leaders should emulate Prof Magoha who let his deeds talk for him.
🌍 SOMALIA: East African leaders to discuss Al-Shabab plan
📌Security chiefs from Eastern Africa are meeting in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu to deliberate on joint military operations against the Al-Shabab militant Islamist group. Heads of states from the region will meet on Wednesday to discuss a coordinated military offensive against the Al-Qaeda affiliated group, which has waged an insurgency against Somalia’s federal government over the past decade and a half. The meeting of security chiefs comes in the wake of significant gains made by Somali government troops in the fight against al-Shabab. The summit of regional leaders will also focus on the phased withdrawal of African Union troops who have been in Somalia since 2007.
🌍 Denounce economic Imperialism on DRC- Pope Francis
📌Pope Francis on Tuesday denounced what he termed “economic colonialism” that he said has plundered the resources of the mineral-rich and conflict-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. In a speech at the presidential palace, the Pope was applauded as he touched on the country’s history of foreign domination, saying that political exploitation gave way to an economic colonialism that was equally enslaving in the DRC.
“As a result, this country, massively plundered, has not benefited adequately from its immense resources,” he told an audience of Congolese politicians and other dignitaries in Italian.
🌍 Biden, Zelenskyy to hold Weapons Talks
📌US President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he will be discussing Ukraine’s latest requests for advanced weaponry to defend against Russia with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
“We’re going to talk,” Biden told reporters, speaking the morning after he answered with an emphatic “no” when asked at the White House whether he favoured sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. The United States is by far the biggest supplier of weapons to Ukraine, where the Russian invasion is now approaching a one-year mark.